Background: Patients with symptomatic umbilical, trocar, and/or epigastric hernias and concomitant rectus abdominis diastasis represent a growing clinical problem. The optimal management of this complex hernia situation is the subject of debate in the literature. This paper reports the early results of an innovative surgical technique aimed at managing this hernia situation.
Methods: Endoscopic-assisted linea alba reconstruction (ELAR) with mesh augmentation is a surgical technique long known in the literature for its good outcome for incisional hernia repair (myofascial release, overlapping herniorrhaphy, Gibson's operation, shoelace repair, anterior rectus sheath repair, dynamic patch plasty) via a small access route. The early results for 140 patients are presented here.
Results: Two patients (1.4%) developed postoperative complications requiring redo surgery. These were two cases of diffuse secondary bleeding without an identifiable bleeding source, in one patient with liver cirrhosis and portal hypertension and in another patient receiving treatment with platelet aggregation inhibitors. All other complications were successively managed with conservative treatment. After 1 year, two of 30 patients reported occasional pain, including pain at rest in one patient.
Conclusion: The ELAR technique with mesh augmentation is an innovative, minimally invasive surgical procedure for treatment of patients with a complex abdominal wall hernia comprising symptomatic umbilical, trocar, and/or epigastric hernias with concomitant rectus abdominis diastasis.
Keywords: Complications; Epigastric hernia; Mesh augmentation; Rectus abdominis diastasis; Trocar hernia; Umbilical hernia.